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[aw-ther-ship] /ˈɔ θərˌʃɪp/
origin, especially with reference to an author, creator, producer, etc., of a work:
establishing the authorship of early medieval manuscripts.
the occupation or career of writing books, articles, etc.
Origin of authorship
First recorded in 1700-10; author + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Although their authorship was not acknowledged, it was strongly suspected.

  • But there is where affliction overtook me; they debated its authorship.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Now what is that sort of thing but a regular piece of authorship?

    Phaedrus Plato
  • Internal evidence seems to leave the question of authorship in doubt.

    Menexenus Plato
  • It was also the period that saw the beginning of his authorship.

  • He had practically admitted his authorship of the notice in the Winnipeg paper.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Make the application, dear reader, and forgive us for our authorship to order.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for authorship


the origin or originator of a written work, plan, etc: a book of unknown authorship
the profession of writing books
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for authorship

c.1500, "the function of being a writer," from author (n.) + -ship. Meaning "literary origin" is attested from 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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